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Trina Robbins, Peter Maresca

Dauntless Dames: High-Heeled Heroes of the Comic Strips

On sale date: October 17, 2023

The audacious exploits of ten great adventurous female stars from the Golden Age of comic strips.

In the 1920s they were socialites and flappers. In the 1960s they were homemakers and heartthrobs. But from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, female stars of the newspaper comic strips were detectives, spies, soldiers of fortune, even superheroes. Accomplishing everything the male comics stars of the time achieved, except they did it in high-heels and flowing skirts. Follow the daring exploits of these smart, tough, independent AND sexy Dauntless Dames.

Both a product of their era and ahead of their time, the women in these stories gave their audience just what they needed. Through the Sunday Comics readers could escape from the woes of the Depression, travel to exotic foreign lands, feel the glamor and gangsters of the entertainment world, and support the Allied efforts in World War II.

Presented in an extra-large format, here are the colorful, pulse-pounding tales of ten incredible women, both known and unknown to comics fans — and most are reprinted here for the first time in three-quarters of a century! The book also includes a special bonus insert: a fold-out section with a dozen paper doll cutouts starring the most popular women comic strip characters of the day.


"Dauntless Dames is a fascinating collection of little-known Golden Age comic strips [starring adventurous women] presented in a stunning oversized format." — Cinema Sentries

"Anyone interested in the history of women in comics — or pop culture — will love this huge collection of newspaper comic strips from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, a golden era of adventurous female protagonists in the funny pages." — Shondaland


13.2" × 17"